Book Review of Ilkka Niiniluoto, Critical Scientific Realism, Oxford: Oxford University Press. [Book Review]
David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Philosophy of Science 70 (2):444-447 (2003)
This is certainly true. Simulationists and experimentalists face equally relevant challenges when it comes to establishing that the results of their simulation or experiment are informative about the real world. But it is one thing to point this fact out, and it is another to understand how those challenges are overcome, under differing circumstances, and in varying contexts. It is here that Marcel Boumans’ contribution becomes especially valuable. He presents an example from economics in which a mathematical model performs the role, not of a representational entity, but of a data sensor. Boumans argues, and I concur, that the manner in which such models are assessed is particularly interesting. They cannot be assessed merely by being confronted with facts about the world, since these models are themselves used in generating the relevant data about the phenomena in question. The relevant strategy for assessing these models is calibration. In other words, rather than being held side by side with the relevant bit of the world, the models are held up against other instruments that are antecedently believed to be reliable sources of data.
|Keywords||No keywords specified (fix it)|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
No citations found.
Similar books and articles
Michael C. Alexander (2011). Cicero the Novvs Homo (H.) Van der Blom Cicero's Role Models. The Political Strategy of a Newcomer. Pp. Xii + 388. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010. Cased, £80, US$150. ISBN: 978-0-19-958293-8. [REVIEW] The Classical Review 61 (02):454-456.
S. A. Stephens (2000). Reading Novels S. Swain (Ed.): Oxford Readings in the Greek Novel . Pp. X + 412. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1999. Paper, £16.99. Isbn: 0-19-872188-9. S. J. Harrison (Ed.): Oxford Readings in the Roman Novel . Pp. XXXIX + 337. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1999. Paper, £16.99. Isbn: 0-19-872174-. [REVIEW] The Classical Review 50 (02):472-.
L. Taper Mark, F. Staples David & B. Shepard Bradley (2008). Model Structure Adequacy Analysis: Selecting Models on the Basis of Their Ability to Answer Scientific Questions. Synthese 163 (3).
Mark L. Taper, David F. Staples & Bradley B. Shepard (2008). Model Structure Adequacy Analysis: Selecting Models on the Basis of Their Ability to Answer Scientific Questions. Synthese 163 (3):357 - 370.
Anjan Chakravartty (2008). What You Don't Know Can't Hurt You: Realism and the Unconceived. [REVIEW] Philosophical Studies 137 (1):149 - 158.
Daniela M. Bailer-Jones (2003). When Scientific Models Represent. International Studies in the Philosophy of Science 17 (1):59 – 74.
Eric Winsberg (2006). Models of Success Versus the Success of Models: Reliability Without Truth. Synthese 152 (1):1 - 19.
Ilkka Niiniluoto (1999). Critical Scientific Realism. Oxford University Press.
Added to index2009-01-28
Total downloads7 ( #183,783 of 1,098,887 )
Recent downloads (6 months)1 ( #286,682 of 1,098,887 )
How can I increase my downloads?